The Gift Of Pure Potentiality

Jun 24, 2020

I have heard many people around me talk about feeling emotional, tired, unfocused, unbalanced, ungrounded. Some are even skirting burn out. I don’t know where you are at. But I wanted to address that. Within this period lies a gift. But we need to know how to invite it in.

Make Time For Process

The last few months with Covid have been challenging to say the least. At best stressful. At worst traumatic. We have been dealing with its physical and economic effects. Now it’s time to address its psychological effects.

Our body waits until an extreme stress or traumatic event is over to process it. So you might think that the mental impact would have come during lockdown. But actually our system will wait until the end of lockdown to process it properly. So it is important to watch out for the signs of that.

Signs can take different forms. Feeling emotional and not really knowing why. Feeling intensely angry or sad. Feeling exhausted and having no motivation. Difficulty...

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The Essence Of A Next Generation Leader

Jun 19, 2020

I was asked recently what a next generation leader was. So here goes...

I believe that we are at a pivotal moment in human history. That we are being called to upgrade our operating system on the planet. My big vision is that we finally find the courage to make the shift to a sustainable world where we all flourish.

Next Generation Leaders are the ones who will lead us there.  

 

Voicing The Gap

How this idea started is that I realised how ill equipped traditional leaders are for this.

My background is in leadership and career development. A few years back I toyed with the idea of abandoning leadership development. I could feel the gap between my version of leadership and what companies were wanting. In parallel, I was experiencing this intense frustration (ok let’s call it what it was... a mixture of anger and powerlessness) at how leaders were showing up and what they were creating out in the world.

I was then luckily asked to support a department of change makers...

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What If This Is The Reset Point?

Jun 08, 2020

We have known for a while that our operating model on the planet is not fit for purpose. Deep down we knew that a system upgrade would come. What if this is the reset point we have been waiting for?

The work that I do centers around pivotal moments. Those times when you question your life and how you have been living it. When you feel called to review the blueprint of what you have created. When you yearn for a profound shift to something more fulfilling, meaningful and impactful.

At a pivotal moment you realise that you have got off track. That you have lost yourself in the chase for external success. It is a bit like a faulty software gone mad. You think it is serving you, and then you suddenly realise it isn’t getting you what you need at all.

The antidote is realigning to your potential, purpose and leadership. To your original operating blueprint. A bit like pressing reset on your computer.

I have been wondering recently ... What if this is a pivotal moment for...

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Are You A Reluctant Leader?

May 27, 2020

Einstein said that we can’t solve a problem by using the same level of consciousness that created it. I hear people ask: ’Are we just going to go back to normal. I am not sure I want to. So what do we do now?’

For a new level of consciousness to emerge in the world now, we need leaders who will inspire to new possibilities. To change the ways we treat ourselves, each other and the planet, we need leaders to create a new operating model. To build a more caring and sustainable world, we need leaders who will show us what that looks like.

So Where Are These New Leaders?

These new potential leaders exist but they aren’t showing up. Often they don’t see themselves as leaders. They wait for the cavalry made up of other people to come. Forgetting what is for them to do. Lulled into the false sense of security of the comfort zone, they lose the sense of urgency of our times. One day they think...

Or as we were discussing in one of our Academy calls recently,...

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What Will You Do With The Time Given?

May 14, 2020

How are you doing? Like really...

Here, and talking to clients, there are good days and bad days...

Today the clouds are just hanging out on the mountains - like fluffy cotton hugs cajoling the peaks. The misty cover comes and goes. One minute you see clearly, the next all is invisible.

As I watch, I am pondering what comes next?

This sentence keeps playing in my mind: ‘The future is not what is going to happen, but what we make it.’

At the beginning of the year it all seemed so clear. I started the year with a real high - being invited to speak at the House of Switzerland during Davos 2020. I talked about what it really takes to become a next generation leader - the Visionary, the Disruptor, the Change Maker who will create the sustainable world of tomorrow where we all flourish.  And the steps that all of us can take to become that kind of leader.   

Emerging Into New Vision

Now it’s a bit like those peaks and those clouds. Vision was hidden...

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Taking Emotional Care and Covid-19 Support Kit

Apr 03, 2020
How are you doing?  I guess the reality of all of this has hit…  It is strange writing as I know that this thing affects us all in many different ways… but ultimately we are all wrestling with how it is impacting each one of our lives, families and work…  
 
For now I am hoping that you and your family are staying well.  And if not, know that I am thinking of you and hoping things will turn out for the best.  I don’t think it is easy for any of us.
 
In this blog I wanted to explore a bit more the emotional side of this change.  Because that is what I have been wrestling with personally this last week.  
 
And if, like I sometimes feel at the moment, you just don't want to hear anything more about the virus. And just want to focus on having an online dinner with friends where we laugh at the crazyness of it all - feel free to stop reading now (!)
 
Anyway... I know the theory.  An...
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What You Can Do...

Mar 25, 2020

I am loosing the count of days... 10, 20 ...I think it is 20 days since I have been self-isolating. I still remember my last ski run.

So much has changed in that time. I wake up every morning, smile thinking I am waking up to my old life. I used to love my old life - I had spent years optimising both life and work. And then I remember that I am doing something else right now. That we are all doing something else right now.

So how are you all doing? Where are you all at? How are your loved ones? How are you all adapting to all of this?

Recently someone ended their email to me by saying ‘rest well during this period’. I was puzzled at the different experiences we must be having(!) I haven’t quite got to the rest point...  It's been long days... none of it paid work... simply following what I know I must do...

I have spent the last two weeks on the phone, from 8.00am until 1.00am - on any of helping people pivot their business, supporting some to get their...

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Coronavirus - What Is It Calling Us To?

Mar 11, 2020
I don’t know where you are at in terms of the Coronavirus.  I have a risk factor and so I have been watching it closely.  Definitely beyond the denial stage.  
 
I am worried for my family and my community.  I am not a Doctor and so I can’t pass on that kind of advice.  Although my Doctor has advised me to do as much as I possibly can to strengthen my immune system.
 
I know a lot of people who are currently wearing as a badge of honour that they are not afraid.  I am not one of those people.  I am afraid.  I think that this is an issue and something we need to respond to consciously and carefully.  
 
If I am honest I have also felt pretty powerless.  I have done the basics - wash my hands all the time, I have switched my meetings to Zoom, bought a thermometer and stocked up on the immune boosters my doctor has recommended. And I keep checking on my parents and asking them to stay home - which they...
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What Has 2019 Taught You?

Dec 12, 2019
A lot of you have asked me for my 'end of year' questions... so here goes...
 
One of my first coaches, always used to say to me ‘Make sure you catch up … regularly … with who you have become”.
 
So I have an end of year ritual, which helps me do that… it is my way of catching up with myself at the end of the year.  To realise what the year has taught me and who I have become as a result.  
 
This year ends a 10 year cycle and it feels even more important to do this.  So you can do this just for 2019... or use it to catch up with what the last 10 year cycle has been about.
 
Here are the questions...You just need to get yourself a journal to write in, a hot drink and a comfortable chair.  Or you can also download here the nice worksheet pdf I have created for you as a gift...
 
Theme
  • What have the main themes been for you this year?  
Changes
  • What were the pivotal moments that...
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The Power Of Presence

Nov 25, 2019
My neighbour died last night.  It was sudden and unexpected.  He was in his early seventies, but seemed in good health.  One day he was here and the next gone.
 
He lived opposite me.  I didn’t know him well.  But whenever our paths crossed he was friendly and we had a nice chat.  
 
The last time we saw each other, we took the little mountain train together.  It was morning.  He joked that he was going to hit the town and party that day.  He was in fact being a good friend - going to the hospital to support someone close who was having a scan on his shoulder.
 
I felt really sad when I heard the news.  And since then I have been haunted by a deep sense of loss.  The force of which has been unexpected...  My mind keeps reminding me that we were just acquaintances.  But my heart deeply feels the loss of his presence.    ...
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